Celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
Hidden away in hospital laboratories across the country is a group of heroes responsible for getting the results health care teams rely on every day. While their contributions to health care often go unnoticed, once a year, we take the time to recognize these outstanding individuals during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 18-25).
Medical laboratory professionals are at the heart of a patient-centered health care team, managing labs and running tests that will inform diagnosis and treatment. Since the development of this specialization in the 1920s, medical lab professionals have played an increasingly vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. Over the past year, they have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, helping to expedite and deliver test results at a rapid pace with the utmost precision. There is perhaps no better time for us to pause and reflect on medical laboratory professionals’ contributions to health care than now. Join the Parkinson School this week as we celebrate our medical laboratory students and our faculty here on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus and beyond!
The Parkinson School’s Medical Laboratory Sciences program invites you to celebrate the week by participating in one of its activities and events or learning more about the profession:
- Wednesday, April 23 - Learn about the history of blood banking featuring retired Immunohematology Medical Technologist Alan Hoffstadter.
- Recognize your colleagues in the laboratory and spread awareness about the importance of medical laboratory sciences in health care by sharing a message of gratitude or kudos on social media by using the hashtag #LabWeek2021. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (@luc.parkinson) and Twitter (@LoyolaParkinson).
- Watch this American Society Clinical Pathology video featuring our own Loyola lab professionals!
As the nation faces a shortage of lab professionals, schools like Parkinson are encouraging students to consider this excellent career opportunity and earn a Master of Laboratory Science.